ECISD nutrition team members honored

Jun. 16—Two Ector County ISD School Nutrition workforce members have been acknowledged for his or her work this 12 months with worker of the 12 months awards.

Director Brandon Reyes received the skilled worker of the 12 months honors and Vuthy Thong, in warehouse supply, is the college vitamin worker of the 12 months. They have been just lately stunned by a delegation of ECISD directors and Reyes’ spouse, Chelsea, with the laurels.

Thong has been with ECISD for 3 years, beginning in 2018. His job is to ensure he will get meals delivered to the colleges that they order to satisfy the cafeteria wants.

When he is not on the vitamin warehouse, Thong runs Wyatt’s Liquor.

Originally from Cambodia, Thong moved to the U.S. about 40 years in the past and went straight into highschool with out understanding English. “But I solely understood math as a result of math is similar factor,” he mentioned.

Thong labored for Amazon in Tracy, Calif., previous to transferring to Texas. He mentioned he was thrilled when he realized he was getting the School Nutrition Employee of the Year recognition.

“Vuthy talked about that he was stunned. I wasn’t. He’s very dependable, reliable, trustworthy. He does no matter he is requested and that is an enormous deal,” Reyes mentioned.

Reyes will mark 5 years with ECISD Sept. 1. Like Thong, he was additionally shocked by the popularity and mentioned it wasn’t even on his radar.

“My spouse knew about it the day earlier than,” Reyes mentioned, including that she is the director of steerage and counseling.

Before turning into director, Reyes was the customer for college vitamin.

“We subject our personal bids, and RFPs (requests for proposals). There are two sides to high school vitamin. You have the enterprise operation facet and you’ve got the kitchen operations and menu planning,” Reyes mentioned.

“School vitamin packages principally could be damaged down into these two overarching sections. The enterprise facet is every thing from provide chain, procurement, payroll and bill, kitchen operations and menu planning. Menu improvement, it sounds simple, however it’s extra most likely one of many hardest issues. And in fact, only a common kitchen operations piece as properly. Those are fully large and separate. I labored principally on the enterprise facet of faculty vitamin, so to talk, relative to the vitamin facet. It’s a distinct perspective as a director than any person who comes from the menu planning and kitchen operations facet; a distinct mindset,” Reyes added.

Reyes and Thong mentioned successful the award will spur them to work more durable. Reyes mentioned it made him really feel as if he was heading in the right direction and that he ought to mannequin how one can conduct himself.

Reyes oversees 142 staff, and because the director, he supervises the enterprise and kitchen operations.

“Starting in class 12 months ’21-22, we’ll have the assistant director-business operations and the assistant director of kitchen operations and menu planning,” Reyes mentioned.

He acknowledged that may take a few of the load off him.

“Within the final 15 years, I feel we have grown by about 7,000 or so college students and we have solely added one administrative place in our division,” Reyes mentioned.

The vitamin division served greater than 4.3 million meals this 12 months. Reyes mentioned 90 p.c of these are delivered by 4 or 5 warehouse workforce members.

“You’re speaking about 50 to 60 tons value of meals per week that we ship to campuses all through the district,” Reyes mentioned.

ECISD Employee of the Year Awards

— Counselor of the Year: Daniel Dorethy, Bowie Middle School.

— Para-Professional of the Year: Sandra Pilger, Bowie Middle School.

— Custodian of the Year: Susana Magallanes, Dowling Elementary

— Police Department Employee of the Year: Leonard Hendon.

— Professional of the Year: Brandon Reyes, Director of School Nutrition.

— Transportation Employee of the Year: Laura Hinojosa.

— Maintenance Employee of the Year: Henry “Rome” Kleck.

— School Nutrition Employee of the Year: Vuthy Thong.

Earlier in May, Employee of the Year Awards went to:

— Elementary Principal of the Year: Sherry Palmer, Carver Early Childhood Center.

— Secondary Principal of the Year: Anthony Garcia, Wilson and Young Middle School.

— Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year: Zealia Jenkins, Edward Okay. Downing Elementary.

— Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year: Megan Watts, Permian High School.

— Elementary Teacher of the Year: Sarah Hawkins, Travis Elementary.

— Secondary Teacher of the Year: Cheryl Cunningham, Advanced Technical Center.

— Nurse of the Year: Alan Pitt, Ector Middle School.

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